Tom LaMarra

Tom LaMarra, a native of New Jersey and graduate of Rutgers University, has been news editor at The Blood-Horse since 1998. After graduation he worked at newspapers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania as an editor and reporter with a focus on municipal government and politics. He also worked at Daily Racing Form and Thoroughbred Times before joining The Blood-Horse. LaMarra, who has lived in Lexington since 1994, has won various writing awards and was recognized with the Old Hilltop Award for outstanding coverage of the horse racing industry. He likes to spend some of his spare time handicapping races.

Articles by Tom LaMarra

Uniform Racehorse Drug Program Picking Up Support

Multiple jurisdictions have adopted all or parts of the program, with more expected to be on board soon. Read More

Panel: Culture Change Needed in Thoroughbred Racing

Panelists pushed for better communication and more transparency to help keep racehorses safe. Read More

Identifying At-Risk Racehorses a Priority

The Thoroughbred industry is pushing the need to identify racehorses at risk of catastrophic injury. Read More

National Uniform Medication Program for Racing Gets Push

American Horse Council convention attendees discussed medication program during forums and conversations. Read More

Drop in Owners, Registered Horses Focal Point of AHC Forum

Attendees discussed possible solutions to problems brought on by having fewer owners and registered horses. Read More

Unwanted Horse Coalition Aims to Maximize Programs

Unwanted Horse Coalition member organizations met June 23 and sought input on how to maximize their programs. Read More

West Virginia Okays Penalty System, Drug Thresholds

Officials approved the state's participation in the multiple medication violation penalty system. Read More

California Chrome Wins Preakness, Shot at Triple Crown

California Chrome will head to the Belmont Stakes and a chance to be the first Triple Crown winner since 1978. Read More

Asmussen: PETA Allegations 'Completely False'

Steve Asmussen says the allegations are untrue, and he hopes to have the chance to defend himself in court. Read More

Indiana Adopts Model Racehorse Drug Rules; Group has Doubts

The commission unanimously approved model rule threshold levels for 24 commonly used therapeutic drugs. Read More

Ky. Derby, Oaks Out-of-Competition Tests Come Back Clean

All of the Oaks and Derby entrants were tested under Kentucky statutes that govern pari-mutuel horse racing. Read More

Florida Legislature Holds Fate of Racehorse Drug Reforms

Florida stakeholders are united in backing uniform drug rules, but the fate lies with the state legislature. Read More

West Virginia to Tackle Latest Round of Model Drug Rules

Industry stakeholders will meet to consider changes related to the National Uniform Medication Program. Read More

National HBPA Endorses Changes in Racehorse Drug Rules

The National HBPA endorsed changes the Association of Racing Commissioners made to model medication rules. Read More

Jockey Club Chairman: Make Triple Crown Vet Records Public

Ogden Mills Phipps called for public release of the records of horses entered in the 2013 Triple Crown races. Read More

Peterson: Be Proactive on Racetrack Surface Maintenance

Peterson told regulators racing surfaces shouldn't be considered the cause of fatal breakdowns. Read More

RCI Chief: Horse Racing Industry Must Get Its Act Together

The RCI president said participants' refusal to take responsibility for actions threatens racing's future. Read More

Horse Racing Industry Told to Drop Hammer to Force Reforms

Regulators and industry officials were told to use existing tools to push a uniform medication program. Read More

RCI Chair Pushes States to Act on Racehorse Drug Reforms

The outgoing chair said it is "vitally important" racing jurisdictions adopt uniform drug rules. Read More

Groups Step Up Call for Model Racehorse Drug Rules

Racing groups stepped up their call for swift adoption of national model rules on medication and drug testing. Read More

KHRC Drug Tests: Turfway Meet 'Cleanest'

Four months of racing at Turfway are the "cleanest" in Kentucky, according to drug-testing result analysis. Read More

Kentucky Horsemen Prepped on New Racehorse Drug Rules

Kentucky horsemen received a few tips to avoid headaches when new regulations take effect later in the spring. Read More

NYRA Committee Eyes House Rule on Medication 'Stacking'

"Stacking," is the simultaneous use of legal therapeutic medications. Read More

When Is Medication Uniformity Not Really Uniformity?

Stakeholders are learning how difficult it can be to achieve uniformity, even with basic regulations. Read More

Mid-Atlantic States Move Forward With Racehorse Drug Reform

Industry stakeholders met Jan. 30 for an update on adoption of uniform medication and drug testing rules. Read More